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High Speed Rail Planning, Policy, and Engineering, Volume II by Terry L. Koglin

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CHAPTER 15

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TRACK AND STRUCTURE COSTS

Track needs only to be built to allow the maximum speed that the geometry and control functions allow. Construction of high-quality track, including labor and materials, would cost about $700,000 per mile. For two tracks 800 miles (1,287 km) long, plus crossovers and sidings, the cost would be about $1,260,000,000. At the interest rate used above, the daily cost of borrowing money for this track would be $207,100. Assuming 10 trains each way each day, 350 days per year, the cost for track per train is $10,360. This does not include the cost of highway grade crossing elimination, which could easily exceed $1,200,000,000 but would be necessary in areas where train speed exceeds 125 ...

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